Galoshes Family Day Care

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El Cerrito, CA

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Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
Gail Pavlosky
gpavlosky [at]
El Cerrito
Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
Ages Served: 
2 months - 36 months
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
7:45am - 5:30pm
Additional Services & Features: 
Breakfast provided, Lunch provided, Snacks provided, Organic options, Vegetarian options, Special diet support, Cloth diapers accepted, Potty training support

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Dear parent(s) researching daycare facilities,

It’s not easy to try to find the “just right” place for your dear child that will care for them as you would. Believe me, I’ve been there. I researched many places in Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito that were highly reviewed on yelp and/or BPN and then after site visits, I left even more confused and uncertain of the plethora of options. I have two pieces of advice while you search; One: trust your gut and Two: come visit Gail at Galoshes Day Care as one of your options.

I’d like to share our story and I hope it helps you on your path finding great child care.

We hired a nanny for our son until he was 2 years old. Our child is exceptionally shy and also had some developmental delays, so when I interviewed care providers, I came with an arsenal of childhood developmental knowledge and even an infant developmental specialist who helped me in my search. I was so impressed interviewing Gail. I actually cried when I got back to the car as I knew, without a doubt, she would do an exceptional job caring for my child. And she has.

I’ll never forget the moment when she told me, “it’s not enough that I love your son, my job is to also provide a safe and nurturing environment where your child grows”. It was a difficult transition for my child. Every day he had separation anxiety. I also had to come pull him in and out of daycare three days each week for his various therapy sessions. Gail and her staff have been so accommodating and supportive of our family and my son’s needs. Truly, Gail believes more in providing my child the tools he needs to succeed than in the daycare’s schedule. She accepted us with wide arms open, providing a supportive and loving environment and making every decision in what is in the best interest of my child’s needs.

We spent 1 ½ years at Galoshes (up until our son was 3 ½) and now are moving on to a preschool. Our child has grown leaps and bounds and I credit Gail and her staff. He talks up a storm, tells me stories of playing with the children, going down the slides, making art work, and what Gail made him for lunch (he’s a BIG eater!). He is very prepared for this next step; he’s learned his entire alphabet (upper and lower case), can count to 30, can count from 10 to 1, knows his colors and shapes and sings numerous songs. The growth is phenomenal; he no longer needs therapy. I will miss Galoshes, immensely; Gail, Toya, Hannah, the children and also the other parents. Galoshes is a close-knit family environment and while Gail is right, it’s not enough to just love my child, I think love is the foundation. And her heart is full of it. 

The feeling of gratitude and love our family feels for Galoshes Day Care owner Gail Pavlosky on a daily basis only grows. Galoshes provides an engaging (fun & social) and nurturing (love & food) environment for little ones at the many stages of development from 1 month to 2.5 year olds. We've had some wonderful nannies but have to say that our son (who is very selective) was happier with Gail and her amazing team than with any nanny. The love Gail feels for him (and all the little ones) is so palpable, it really is hard to put into words, but goes beyond what any normal/amazing caregiver gives. Gail/Galoshes is a hidden treasure in the hills of El Cerrito. We are forever grateful for the authentic loving care Galoshes has given to our babies. Knowing my babe was happy to be there and so loved-up every minute of the day made going back to work a smooth transition.

Archived Reviews: 

March 2013

Our family moved from the East Coast when my husband accepted a job at CAL and we were quite nervous about finding good quality childcare. Gail Pavlosky, owner and director of Galoshes Family Daycare, has completely changed our prior conception of home-based daycares and eliminated all our fears about finding a good place for our daughter. Upon meeting Gail, my husband immediately knew she was the provider for us. She has a natural gift with children, is sensitive to each child's needs and has the ability to meet them where they are. She is kind, calm, competent and a valuable resource for our parenting questions. While the kids range in age from 3 mos to 3 yrs, Gail develops and implements a curriculum that touches each child. She is creative in her developmentally appropriate approaches to social, emotional, and intellectual learning. She offers healthy and wholesome meals and has introduced our daughter to many new foods. Gail employs the most warm and caring staff, including her daughter Hannah Pavlosky, who are vital to her team. They love our daughter as if she was their own and our daughter has blossomed in their care. I can wholeheartedly recommend Galoshes Family Daycare and my husband says "She's brilliant!"

Dec 2012

We moved to CA in March 2012, had come from a formal daycare center, and were a bit skeptical of home-based programs. We visited several options when we moved to El Cerrito and found Galoshes through a referral. We were hooked immediately. Galoshes is run by a very warm and caring provider, Gail, out of her home. Gail has a degree in childhood development and has been running a daycare for almost 20 years. She is also a mother of four wonderful children of her own.

As first time parents we often ask Gail for advice on discipline, eating, and development. Not only is Gail a wealth of knowledge and experience, she cares for each child like they were her own. Our son was 6 months old when he started with Galoshes and was not quite crawling yet. Within 3 months, he was walking, much more verbal, and very interested in engaging with other children. Not only did we see a developmental leap immediately from joining Galoshes, our son was obviously in love with the daycare, Gail and her assistants, and the other children. Our son gets excited when we pull up to her house and is never ready to leave at the end of the day. You can reach Gail at gpavlosky [at]
David and Samantha